Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Vardan Arewelc‘i
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Vardan Mec

Date of Birth: Approximately 1200

Place of Birth: Unknown

Date of Death: 1271

Place of Death: Probably Xor Virap, the monastery near Artašat where he was buried.


Nothing is known of Vardan’s earliest years. He studied under the teacher (vardapet) Yovhannēs Vanakan together with Kirakos Ganjakec‘i, whose own History gives some information about him. By 1240 he had returned to Cilicia from a pilgrimage to Jeru…

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Thomson, Robert W., “Vardan Arewelc‘i”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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